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On-the-Job ADV Training With Bill Dragoo’s DART School

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On-the-Job ADV Training With Bill Dragoo’s DART School






The sun?s early rays light up towering bluffs along State Route 276 as the group heads to breakfast before tackling the notorious Notom-Bullfrog Road. Photos by Susan Dragoo.
A tiny figure on a Honda CRF250 slowly ascends a rocky slope in the rough country of southeastern Utah. Partway up she veers off course and stops a few feet from the top. A lifelong street motorcyclist, this is her first foray off pavement. Her breathing is rapid, eyes wide.
A man in a faded Tilley hat steps forward and offers a few words of encouragement. “You nearly cleaned that hill!” says Bill Dragoo. “Just stick with the plan and keep your eyes on the top. You?re here to slay some dragons and this one has met his match.” She takes a deep breath, stands up again and leans into the hill, this time victorious. A cheer goes up from her fellow students.
?What do I do if I can?t make it up that hill"? Practicing failure and learning how to convert it to success builds confidence during DART training. Instructor Bill Dragoo demonstrates technique for overcoming a failed hill climb.
For many a motorcyclist, the “Pavement Ends” sign triggers a U-turn, along with a twinge of regret. The trail ahead may be alluring and the bike fully capable of handling rough terrain, but the rider lacks the confidence to explore the unknown. This group is gathered to learn how to keep going when the asphalt disappears. MotoDiscovery has brought Bill Dragoo to Utah to train guests on one of its small-group adventure tours, beginning with two days of instruction at 3 Step Hideaway, a motorcycle-oriented resort in remote Lisbon Valley. Three Step Hideaway welcomes motorcyclists to an off-the-grid experience amid miles of dirt trails in Lisbon Valley, Utah.
For Dragoo, the fun begins when the pavement ends. Through his school, Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (DART), his mission is “to provide quality off-road training at a fair price.” A member of the United States BMW GS Trophy team in 2010, Dragoo began teaching off-road riding skills in 2013 while visiting Bolivia. There, fellow riders sought his coaching for handling their big dual-sport bikes more skillfully on the country?s treacherous unpaved roads.
Peg weight and power are essential inputs for negotiating sand. Bill Dragoo puts them together in a sand wash near Caineville, Utah.
Soon after, he was conducting classes in his home state of Oklahoma, then accepting invitations to travel across the U.S. and back to South America to train riders as part of organized motorcycle tours. Now he is one of a handful of Americans certified as an off-road instructor by BMW Motorrad at its world training camp in Hechlingen, Germany.
Here in Utah, Dragoo?s job is to help riders prepare for MotoDiscovery?s 850-mile tour through some of the state?s best scenery, much of which can be reached only by leaving the pavement. Seven clients have traveled from across the U.S., some bringing their own dual-sport bi...
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